TEHRAN, Dec. 07 (MNA) – Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan Mohammad Mohaqiq leading a high-ranking delegation arrived in Tehran on Saturday for a three-day official visit.
Mohammad Mohaqiq was received by Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Ebrahim Rahimpour upon arrival. The Afghan official is to submit separate messages by Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan President, as well as Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, on the situation of Afghan nationals residing in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Other objectives of this official visit are to examine ways for facilitating the return of Afghan refugees, and how to utilize international aid in this respect.
Mohaqiq is scheduled to meet with Iranian officials during his stay in Tehran.
Despite the voluntary return of hundreds of thousands of Afghan and Iraqi refugees to their countries of origin during the past decade, Iran remains host to one of the world’s largest and most protracted refugee populations. Between 2002 and 2014, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) assisted 918,263 Afghans in their voluntarily returning home from the Islamic Republic.